77,303 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland to date 5 days ago

77,303 Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Ireland to date

A little under 70,000 frontline workers have been vaccinated to date.

77,303 Covid vaccines have been distributed across Ireland so far, Chief Executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, has revealed.

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As of Wednesday night (13 January), 69,378 frontline workers have been vaccinated, while 7,925 doses of the vaccine have been distributed across 27 long-term care facilities.

The country currently has 152,100 available doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and 3,600 doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Nobody has received their second doses of the vaccine as of yet.

Over 4,000 people, meanwhile, have completed the vaccination training programme.

Ireland has now taken the decision to reduce the "buffer" - the amount of time between the first dose and second dose of the vaccine - down to an "absolute minimum".

Commenting on the figures on Thursday, Reid said that they are "giving us all great hope".

Up to four million people in Ireland could receive the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of September, according to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, while the plan remains to vaccinate 700,000 people across the country by the end of March.

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In a letter written to TDs, Donnelly said that the Government is then expected to receive approximately 3.7 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from April to the end of June and a further 3.8 million between July and the end of September.

Updated vaccination figures will be available on the online Covid-19 data hub from this weekend.